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For everyone that is saying netlix and xcloud aren't similar... they are. At the end of the day It's only a video stream that is being delivered by xcloud to the xcloud app on client devices. No foreign app code is actually run on the client device, only the client code for handling the video stream received, and sending input back, and perhaps a GUI to select games, etc. The exact same as the Netflix or Prime Video apps. Video is serverd from a CDN, but the GUI and input is done by the client.
Its also no different than Steam, Playstation Remote Play or any of the hundred Remote Desktop/VNC apps. Only difference is they aren't tied to a subscription.
PS Now and xPass (Stadia works differently) are pay for all you can eat exactly like Netflix. You don't buy individual games, you pay 1 price and get access to the entire catalog. Stadia you buy the games AND pay a sub... Not sure how Geforce Now works.
So its not even an app store within an app store (Stadia excepted).
The mental gymnastics defending Apple and not seeing the inconsistency are crazy.
Ultimately its Apple's platform and Apple can do what it wants, until it runs afoul of competition laws, which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and will have to be settle in a court of law if not via voluntary compliance.
sflocal said:First remotely playing games, next it will be apps. What’s to stop companies from creating remote (I.e. “steamed”) app stores disconnecting Apple’s control and user privacy?
This is a very slippery slope. I can understand Apple taking this approach.
Like others are saying, if you don’t like it move to Android.